The BlackBerry Passport (BBID).

The BlackBerry Identification (BBID) is not just important but the MUST-HAVE for Every Blackberry User that’s why we decided to call it the ‘BlackBerry Passport’, and since there is now BBM for Android and iOS users, they too are not left out. According to BlackBerry, BlackBerry ID is a single, master key to BlackBerry products, sites, services and applications, including BlackBerry Protect and the BlackBerry World storefront.

Major uses of the BBID include:

  • Simplified access to BlackBerry products and services.
  • Privacy and security controls for your BlackBerry Device.
  • A personalized and customizable experience.

The BBID is your ‘Master Key’ to everything BlackBerry and it is very important that you have YOUR OWN BBID, even if you plan on switching to a different device (iOS,Android or Windows Phones). Apart from the fact that you may need to access BBM on your iOS or Android, you may also decide to come back to the Blackberry OS again some time later. With your BlackBerry ID you can :

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The Next Big Thing For BlackBerry 10**

Yeah, you read that right!! It’s been in almost every Blackberry blog, forums and almost every tech website, so we’ve tagged it The Next Big Thing for Blackberry 10, it’s the Blackberry OS 10.2.1. Its still in a Beta testing (not official yet) but has been installed by many Blackberry 10 users already, and we at FathomBerry have compiled a couple of of features that come with this leak.

Now there are lots of new stuff that came with this OS update tho its just a little addition in the number (from 10.2.0… to 10.2.1..), some people have even said that the official release might just be 10.3 but as of now the leaked version is at for all Blackberry 10 devices.

We’ve done our best to compile, break down and explain these features. We’ve also added lots of images, so go through them and just incase we missed something, your comments are always welcome.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 will support the Android 4.2.2. Jellybean runtime and with that comes increased Android compatibility improvements which include:

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FathomBerry (Nigerian BlackBerry Blog)*

Hello everyone, Its Fathomberry here. Its been a while we posted some major news here, especially our weekly Fathom-Wednesday and we sincerely apologise for this, we’d hate to give excuses but for circumstances beyond our control we’ve not posted in a while, but hey, we’re back (almost) and today we will bring you up to speed on everything BlackBerry. So lets just say this is everything from Fathom-Wednesday Week 36 – 38. 😉

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Would You Still Use Your BlackBerry??

Be calm!! BBM will soon be available on iOS and Android devices, but just before then here’s a table comparing some of the big Cross-Platform IM Apps alongside our beloved BBM. Have a look.

Supported Platforms BB 10, BB OS (android and iOS soon) Series 40,Symbian and Samsung’s Bada platform Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, BB 10, iOS, Symbian and WP. iOS, Android, BBOS, BB 10, Series 40, Symbian (S60), and WP BBOS, Series 40.
Login? Not required Not required Required Not required Required
Push notification Yes Yes No Yes No
Group chat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
price Free Free Free Not free Free
Voice call support Yes Yes Yes No No
Video call support Yes (BB10) Yes Yes No No
Video conferencing No No Yes No No
Recent updates Yes No No No Yes
Broadcasts Yes No No Yes
Plus** Real-time message receipts and in-app sharing. You can switch calls between your PC and your mobile device. Supported on many platforms and can also be used to call Landlines across the world. Supported on many platforms.
Sadly… Previous versions of the BBM didn’t support video call Can’t call a non-viber user Audio quality is sometimes horrible. You have to give out your phone number to everyone you choose to chat with. It’s still not in the competition.
Active users 60M 200M 280M 300M 10M
Launch Year 2008 2010 2003 2009 2009


There are other well-known Apps too like Keek, Tango, WeChat, LINE, Fringe and a host of others which we didn’t mention, but then they are also cool cross-platform apps that are widely used.

So Fathomberry is asking, if BBM goes cross-platform are you going to throw away your BlackBerry Smartphone or are you going to still use it and why. Vote and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Sunday.


BlackBerry (Naija) Ethics and Etiquettes

So as at May last year there were about 5,271,578 mobile phone users in Nigeria and about 2.6 million BlackBerry users in Nigeria alone, and the young people make up of about 73% of this number. Now check it out, we plenty o. But then how well do we act with these Smartphones. You’re cooking and pinging, in class you’re pinging, your mother is talking and you’re ‘facebooking’, you go to church and you want to tweet about what’s trending on twitter or what the pastor just said. My people! No be so! Well we did BBM ethics so we decided to do something general! Please Read and Share.
Let’s get to it!

*There’s really time for everything. We shouldn’t abuse the little privileges given or entrusted to us, and if we continue this way what do we expect of our successors and younger ones. Its really madness! So here are a couple of tips you may ALWAYS enjoy while enjoying your Blackberry Smartphone.

1) The red light is in no way connected to you heart, it ok if you let it blink for a while, and I must say, that red light uses about 1% of your battery life, so you musn’t jump at the phone every time the light blinks.

2) Though its called a mobile phone it really shouldn’t be a distraction especially to an audience or a superior. Know when to use your phone and when not to.

3)This should have come first, since we would all agree ‘God first’. The church is the house of God. I no fit shout. If its an emergency, God will take care of it. And I also believe that there’s nothing wrong with carrying the ‘old’ normal paper-back Bible we used to carry before we were plagued for those of you that want to say your Bible is in your smartphone or tablet.

4)Please if you’re in a public you don’t have to shout while making a call. Its noisy around you, you can shift to a quieter place. Just don’t be loud. I sha know of a man that got hit for shouting and disturbing people in a bus. Google it.

5)If you must buy a fairly used (second hand) Blackberry please make sure its legit. Y’all know what I mean. They say ‘what you don’t know won’t kill you’ but I’ve seen people pay seriously for what they didn’t know.

6)When you see a ‘no mobile phone’ sign please obey it. Its not a sign of domination or to make you uncomfortable, but most times some mobile phone sounds trigger seizures in people with temporal lobe epilepsy and some people too have neuro sensory issues that cause extraneous noise to be a severe difficulty rather than a mild annoyance.

7)Don’t text and drive. You think you’re multi-tasking, you’re not o. Don’t text while walking either, people have lost their teeth Don’t make calls while driving too, infact don’t just do anything that involves interacting with human beings or anything that can hurt you while using your mobile phone. We’ve all heard the joke of the guy that was ironing and his phone rang…….!

8)There are the Normal, Loud, Medium, Silent, Vibrate only, Phone call only and the all alerts off sound profile for all Blackberrys. Simply choose one that fits wherever you are. You could even customize a new profile to fit you day-to-day activities. Know where not to use your phone, some places are inappropriate for cell phone usage, so avoid talking or allowing your Blackberry ring while in these places:
*Movie theaters
*Cabs and buses
*Live performances
*In classrooms
And anytime you are asked or required to.

9)When you ‘Ping’ someone once or twice and you don’t get a reply please chill and try later. Don’t be a nuisance and start sending many ‘Pings’ believing that someone that is busy or just doesn’t want to answer you will change his/her mind because you tried to murder their battery. One ‘Ping’ means its urgent, 2 ‘Pings’ means reply ASAP, 3 means something is wrong with you.
10)When people give you their Blackberry its not license to check their personal stuff!

11)Finally I’ve tried this and its pretty cool. Establish a phone-free time or zone, a time of the day when you’ll let your phone chill and keep your mind off it too, switching it off is ideal, even if its for 2 to 3 hours, maybe after work or school or just at a time when you won’t really expect any emergencies. This helps take your mind off a lot of things and reduces stress.

Finally, BlackBerry has invaded our classrooms, bedrooms, restaurants, theaters, offices, streets and even worship places and sooner than later things might get out of hand. Let’s help spread the word and do shit right.
You can shun it all if you think any of these don’t apply to you. Ignorance they say is bliss.

For FathomBerry
PS: Feel free to add your thoughts too in the comments below.

Disclaimer *everything contained in this post is general and collective ideas of selected BlackBerry users in Nigeria, it is in no way a law. If you like do, if you like dey fall your hand*


BBM for iOS and Android is Here (Almost)***

Hey people.
So we just got air that BBM for iOS and Android is due to be released pretty soon. Since its in ‘Beta Testing‘ its safe to assume that in no time our iOS and Android cousins will be ‘pinging’ with us.


“It seems that BlackBerry are moving forward with the cross-platform version of BBM as we have learned that there are a small number of users that are getting the chance to test out the Android, and iOS versions of BBM.

The program is not available for everyone, but if you have received an email like the one shown below, you’ll find it available under Eligible Programs. Much like it will be when it goes official, the beta version of BBM for Android requires v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); while the beta BBM for iPhone requires iOS 6 as a minimum requirement.

We do know that internal testing within BlackBerry is ongoing, so it’s great to see them open it up to, at least, some members of the public.

Have you been invited to the BBM beta programme? What do you think of Android and iOS users getting their hands on BBM? Let us know!”

Source: BlackberryOS

*We’ve been off duty for a while now but we promise you guys we’ll back and better.* 😦

In our next ‘Fathom-Wednesday’ post we’ll bring you all and everything you’ve missed in the Blackberry niche.




How-To : BlackBerry Beta Zone (Naija)

Following yesterday’s post on ‘BBM 8’ and the Facebook update a lot of people have been asking how to go about it, so here we are, its more or less like a Blackberry Beta Zone tutorial.

Nigeria has since been listed in the Blackberry Beta Zone since November last year, but most Blackberry users in Nigeria no even send.

You might want to ask, why join the Beta Zone? well, here’s why :

  1. It’s awesome.
  2. Becoming a member gives you a unique opportunity to get the newest BlackBerry software before it’s even released to the public. This means that you will get your hands on pre-release BlackBerry software before anyone else!
  3. Once you’ve tested out the software, you can offer your feedback and suggestions directly to Blackberry about how to improve the application experience for all users! see?!!

So if you want to be a member to test the un-released apps or you just want to be the first among your friends to get the app, here’s how:-

First and foremost before you do anything in the Blackberry Beta Zone you must have a Blackberry ID, all that’s required to create one is just a valid email address and a strong password thatsall!
You can either create this ID in your Blackberry world or at the Beta Zone Website.

Step 1: Input your Blackberry ID and password and click ‘sign in’ BBID sign in

Step 2: Link your Blackberry ID to a new Beta Zone profile (this is usually done only once,for new users). You’ll have to fill out a form just for your Beta Zone profile.

Step 3: Agree to the terms and conditions and the ‘Confirm your email’. You’ll actually have to go to your email inbox and confirm your email address, if. There’s no email you can follow this link : , sign in and on the account Details page, click “Confirm my email” and a new email will be sent to you right away. Confirming BBID

Then return to the Blackberry Beta Zone and click continue, once done you’ll be active in the Blackberry Beta Zone. 🙂

Active member

To Download:

Scroll down to eligible programs and click on the program you want to test: as shown in the image below, agree to participate, agree to the Software Pilot Agreement’. Once you are eligible and have accepted the ‘Eligibility declaration’, scroll down and hit the download button, then you are good to go.

Eligible programs          Agree to participate           Download tab        Confidential email

You will then receive an email like the one below with a keycode which is meant ONLY for your device, copy it and paste it into the app when requested and there you are, the Beta Zone Member ready to test the App. 😀

Accept and Download

If you have any questions, feel free to holla.


PS: here’s our channel PIN C0001DECD incase you hit up the new BBM 8. 🙂